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Biography

Born in 1970, Declan Aungier began studying the Piano Accordion at the age of 9, but admits that his love for the instrument actually stems back to his early childhood. He became interested in Irish/Scottish Traditional music at age 13 and became All-Ireland Under 18 Piano Accordion Champion in 1987.

It was around this time that he began to take an interest in accordion music from all over the globe and the 5-Row Button-Key instrument.

He became a professional musician in 1991 and embarked on a career that has taken him all over the world. In 1997 he switched from the Piano Accordion to the 5-Row Button box, which is the instrument he plays today.

Declan works exclusively as a solo entertainer, providing music ranging from Country and Irish, some Irish Traditional music and music from present day.

Equally skilled on Keyboards, Piano and Guitar, he is also Church Organist in his local village of Rathangan, Co. Kildare.

Declan Aungier - Irish Accordion Player

Declan has played on countless albums, appeared on many T.V. shows and has provided music for a number of radio plays. As a session musicican, his musical talents have graced the recordings of many of Ireland's top entertainers, including Mike Denver, Robert Mizzell, Jimmy Buckley, Declan Nerney, PJ Murrihy, Eamon McCann, Karen Eagan, Siobhan O'Brien and Richie Kavanagh.

A skilled composer, he has recorded several of his own accordion instrumental pieces, while his songs have been covered by artists such as Glen Flynn, The Duets and Sean Wilson.

His influences are wide ranging, from Jimmy Shand, Dermot O’Brien, The Gallowglass Céili Band and Fintan Stanley, to Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt and Rory Gallagher.

Declan has recorded four solo albums:

All-Ireland Accordion Champion (1988, re-released in 2008)
Shades of Ireland (1998)
The Magic Touch (2003)
My Kind of Music (2008)

…while also appearing on the Café Orchestra album “The Kilworth Concert” in 2006.

My Kind of Music is Declan's latest album which features eight songs and four instrumental pieces. The “All-Ireland Accordion Champion (1988)” Album was also re-released in 2008.

Declan has a vast repertoire of Irish, Scottish, Country, Contemporary and Continental music “.…everything from The Stack of Barley to The Beatles”!

As many of you will know, Declan recorded a tribute to the late Dermot O'Brien in 2007. In February 2008 his song was awarded 'Single of the Year' at the 102FM County & Folk Entertanment Awards. "More than any other artist, Dermot O'Brien has been, and continues to be a huge influence on me, so I felt it appropriate to write and record a tribute song to the great man. For me O'Brien will always be King. "

In recent years, Declan has toured abroad from Europe to the Carribean in conjunction with Enjoy Travel and Andy Cooney, bringing his music to a worldwide audience. For upcoming appearances go to the homepage.

Also, you can now join Declan on Facebook by clicking here http://www.facebook.com/declan.aungier

 


Tel: +353 86 263 2060
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Email: declan@declanaungier.com